Grateful Dead Live at Arrowhead Stadium on 1978-07-01
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Friend Of The Devil
Me And My Uncle ->
Terrapin Station ->
Playing In The Band ->
Estimated Prophet ->
The Other One ->
Wharf Rat ->
Around And Around
Johnny B. Goode
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|Friend of the Devil|
|Me and My Uncle ->|
|Terrapin Station ->|
|Playing in the Band ->|
|Estimate Prophet ->|
|The Other One ->|
|Wharf Rat ->|
|Around and Around|
|Johnny B. Goode|
Thanks to Joe B. Jones for pitch correction.
- 2009-02-17 07:14:37
- 1st Generation: Master played back on Sony 158> Nak 550 Transfer and FLAC encoding by David Minches: 1st Generation cassette played back on Nak Dragon> Grace Lunatec V3 (24/96)> Digital Audio Labs Card Deluxe> Adobe Audition 2.0> (dither/downsample)> FLAC encoding
- Kansas City, MO
- Run time
- Taped by
- Bob Wagner
- Transferred by
- David Minches
- Arrowhead Stadium
Subject: One long set, not two
Subject: The punters' picnic
In '78, a good way for a hippie to get teeth knocked out was to try to mingle with fans on a country bill. This was the boys' only time at the KC Chiefs football stadium, though they had played KC 8mos earlier. It's a shorter show [one long set with a dividing break], but that's because they were the middle act, before Waylon & Willie.
The '76 "Willie Nelson Fifth Annual 4th of July Picnic" had been something of a violent disaster, so in '77 he had a smaller event, moved it out of state to Tulsa, and only played on the 3rd. For '78, Willie moved the picnic back to Texas, playing the Austin Opry in what was a small, unpromoted, semi-private affair, "The Sixth Annual 4th of July Picnic". However, when Barry Fey wanted to brand the KC date, held 3 days earlier, as "The Fourth Annual Willie Nelson 4th of July Picnic" (?!), Willie shrugged, knowing it would take unwanted attention away from the Sixth Annual Picnic he was to play on the 4th. He also shrugged when Fey booked his favorite band...on a country bill (if you were around in '78, you know the weight of this clash). However, the 110 degree heat index kept violence more in check. The Dead entourage showed up late, set up, stayed on stage for an hour longer than slotted (delaying the whole festival), made some converts, and pissed off thousands more. Surprisingly, they did a Drums>Space - at a country festival slot. But then, they were not supposed to. Willie also played the Texxas Jam the next day! (not billed as a Picnic). "The Dead" played a Willie Picnic in 2003, in the hillscrub outside of Austin.
A hard-to-find AUD circulated in low gen, and not usually complete, but then came a crisp Betty Board, followed by an official release (which edits the long tunings). It's not the the best show of the tour, but it IS the 2nd best (after Omaha), and given the heat, the huge-but-partly-filled stadium, detuning guitars and bad house monitors, they did great.
First Set. They're a bit rusty at first, but excited, and when they finally cut loose on Bertha the guitars go right out of tune in the heat. They will keep doing so for the duration. There are some sketchy vox in Good Lovin' - probably due to the iffy monitors. The next couple are above average for '78 - not aces but exciting, still. Then it gets really good before the short break, with a perfect Friend and a tempo/energy surge for Me & My Uncle. Jer wrings all he can from Big River - a bone for Cash fans (he was huge at the time).
Second Set. Terrapin is more economical and brisker than usual; parts are perfect. It's solid GOGD into Drums>Space. I've no idea who plays with the mic like a child on some of these mid-'78 shows (it was much quieter on the PA - and on the AUD). Mickey stays out and it resolves quickly into a somewhat hard-fought Estimated. The fantastic Jer solo makes up for it. The nicely uptempo The Other One leads into what may be the best damn Wharf Rat of '78 . It's just phenomenal. But beware the Donnaskreech™ in Around. Johnny B. Goode leaves 'em happy and Donna only barely screams randomly.
1st Set: B
2nd Set: B
Overall = 4 stars
Friend of the Devil - gets really good
Me & My Uncle - energy build
Big River - Keith & Jer
Wharf Rat - best of '78
Johnny B. Goode - leaves 'em psyched
SOURCES: An AUD and a Betty SBD. Some balance issues on the SBD went unfixed on the official release.
Subject: I wanna see the band in Kansas etc
Subject: Just a part of Willie's picnic
Subject: 4th Annual Willie Nelson Picnic
Subject: This show was not 2 sets.
This was a Willie Nelson Picnic.
This is a better copy than had been circulating.
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